Autograph letter signed, two pages (both sides), 5,25 x 8,5 inch, personal stationery, Brussels, 25.09.1961, in French, to Belgian poet Andre Bosmans - concerning his article ‘La voix du mystere’ to be published in Rhetorique (a review founded by Bosmans), written and signed in dark ballpoint ink "René Magritte", attractively mounted (removable) for fine display with a photograph of René Magritte (altogether 12,5 x 9 inch), with a horizontal letter fold - in nearly very fine condition.
"Bien cher ami,
A la suite d`une discussion a propos de mon text `La Voix du Mistère`, il faut craindre que le mystère don`t je parle soit confondu avec celui don`t les curés font leur propaganda: il m`a été dit qu`ils sauraient me convaincre que je suis `un croyant` comme ils l`entendent.
Pour éviter cette erreur, cette horreur, il faudrait ajouter à mon texte:
- qui ne correspond à aucune doctrine - dès le début. Nous aurons donc comme première phrase:
Le mystère - qui ne correspond à aucune doctrine - n`est pas une possibilité [...]
Je souhaite que vous ecriviez ce que vous pensez du Néant. Vous devez pouvoir en dire ce que l`on ne sait pas encore. Comment le comprenez vous et comment le comprenez vous `par rapport` au mystère?
Il s`agira peut-être de distinguer le Néant de celui qui sert à la propaganda des curés de l`Orient? (Le Nirvana).
Mais cette question est difficile, en `distingant` le Néant, on le determine déjà, on lui donne une forme qu`il ne saurait avoir étant le Néant?
Je crois que ce que l`on ne sait pas encore du Néant nous est nécessaire.
Bien à vous, amicalement et à bientôt j`espère
"Very dear friend,
Following a discussion about my text `The Voice of the Mistère`, one must fear that the mystery of which I speak will be confused with that which the priests propagate: I was told that: They would be able to convince me that I am `a believer` as they see fit.
To avoid this error, this horror, I should add to my text:
- which does not correspond to any doctrine - from the beginning. We will therefore have as our first sentence:
The mystery - which does not correspond to any doctrine - is not a possibility [...]
I want you to write down what you think about Nothingness. You must be able to say what we don't yet know. How do you understand it and how do you understand it `in relation` to the mystery?
Perhaps it will be a matter of distinguishing Nothingness from that which serves the propaganda of the priests of the East? (Nirvana).
But this question is difficult, by `distinguishing` Nothingness, we already determine it, we give it a form that it could not have being Nothingness?
I believe that what we do not yet know about Nothingness is necessary for us.
Best regards, friendly and see you soon I hope
Further Information on the person
(1898-1967) Belgian Surrealist artist - he became well known for creating a number of witty and thought-provoking images
Year of Birth: 1898
René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist who was born in Lessines, Belgium on November 21, 1898. He was the oldest of three children born to mother Régina and father Léopold Magritte. His father worked in an insurance company and was also an amateur artist. René attended both primary and secondary school but left at the age of fifteen to start an apprenticeship with a local painter.
Magritte began his artistic career in 1916, and in 1922 he moved to Paris to further explore his artistic style. His work was heavily influenced by the Dadaists and Surrealists. He was particularly inspired by the works of Giorgio de Chirico and Max Ernst. Magritte often combined everyday objects with unexpected elements to create his own unique style. He painted a number of self-portraits, as well as landscapes and still-life paintings. He also experimented with different mediums, including oil paints, gouache, and ink.
In 1926, Magritte returned to Brussels, where he continued to produce art. He became a part of the Surrealist group in Brussels, and soon his works were featured in numerous exhibitions. Magritte was also influenced by the works of other surrealists, such as Salvador Dali and Marcel Duchamp. His work was often characterized by its dreamlike quality and its ability to make the familiar strange. He was known for his witty and thought-provoking works, which often incorporated word play and puns.
In the 1930s, Magritte experimented with new styles and techniques. He began to focus more on creating paintings that featured abstract elements. His works also began to incorporate political and social themes. He was also interested in exploring the relationship between the visible and the invisible. Throughout this period, he also became increasingly fascinated by the power of the human imagination.
In the 1940s, Magritte's career began to gain recognition. He was featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and America. His works were also featured in many major art books and magazines, which helped bring him to international fame. He continued to produce paintings, sculptures, and drawings until his death in 1967.
René Magritte was a revolutionary artist whose works have had a lasting impact on modern art. His witty and thought-provoking works continue to inspire contemporary artists and art enthusiasts alike. His legacy will live on through his works, which have become some of the most recognizable and iconic images in the world.
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